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Howard Dean on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Individual freedom should apply to abortion decision: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortion is none of the government’s business: Strongly Favors topic 1
Partial birth abortion ok to protect the mother: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
America's greatest virtue is diversity: Favors topic 2
Affirmative action counters built-in hiring biases: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reduce minority unemployment by investing in small business: Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
2004: I wore a bullet-proof vest to argue for civil unions: Strongly Favors topic 3
The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gays deserve equal rights under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gay rights are a matter of principle: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supported civil unions for same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Churches may provide social services if no discrimination: Favors topic 4
Don’t let Congress dictate definitions of school prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public health plan would cut costs as well as improve care: Strongly Favors topic 5
No single payer system, since it won’t pass Congress: Opposes topic 5
Build senior Rx program on Vermont program: Favors topic 5
Subsidize health care for small businesses, not corporations: Favors topic 5
96.4% of Vermonters are covered; deliver that to America: Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee health ins. like other industrialized countries: Strongly Favors topic 5
Three-tiered coverage: state, federal, and private: Strongly Favors topic 5
Patient Bill of Rights is hot air: get people insured: Favors topic 5
Full access first, then tackle reform afterwards: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal access for all Vermonters; insure the last 6%: Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep “community rating”: insure older people at same rates: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don’t privatize: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers undermine public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
No diversion of taxpayer funds to private schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Under no circumstances abandon the public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Apply VT’s limited standards for failing schools, not GOP’s: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Deal with scientific reality; environment affects health: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Dean’s first campaign in 1982 focused on bicycle paths: Strongly Opposes topic 8
470,000 conservation acres, but many development deals too: Opposes topic 8
Make trade-offs on environmental protection vs. development: Opposes topic 8
Eliminate mercury releases by 2003: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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Death penalty for extreme and heinous crimes: Favors topic 9
Apply death penalty fairly & strengthen protections: Favors topic 9
Opposed capital punishment but shifted beginning in 1994: Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty for terrorism: Favors topic 9
Replace overzealous capital crime trials with fair trials: Opposes topic 9
Re-evaluate and reform federal and state death penalty: Opposes topic 9
Invest in social programs to avoid investing in prisons: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Different states need different gun laws: Favors topic 10
Background checks for gun shows: Opposes topic 10
Endorsed by NRA eight times as VT governor: Strongly Favors topic 10
Agrees on some issues with NRA, but some gun control: Opposes topic 10
Supports assault weapons ban and Brady bill: Opposes topic 10
Get guns off the national radar screen: no new federal laws: Favors topic 10
No more federal gun laws; leave them to states: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
“Bush tax”: income tax cuts cause tax rises elsewhere: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal every penny of Bush tax cuts & balance budget: Strongly Favors topic 11
Middle class received no benefit from Bush tax cut: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal Bush’s tax cuts and invest in social programs: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts were hooey; don’t trust GOP with our money: Favors topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants: Favors topic 12
If immigrants work & pay taxes, give them citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Poor treatment of Muslim immigrants is ethnic profiling: Strongly Favors topic 12
Concerned about immigrants dying in desert crossings: Favors topic 12
No automated entry-exit control system; allow free flow: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We ought to change NAFTA-globalization only halfway done: Opposes topic 13
We’ve globalized corporations; now globalize worker rights: Favors topic 13
I support NAFTA & WTO-but they need revision: Favors topic 13
Free trade must include environmental standards: Opposes topic 13
Trade tariffs to enforce labor & enviro standards: Opposes topic 13
Free trade is in our long-term national security interest: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free trade must equal fair trade: Opposes topic 13
Develop an open North American energy market: Favors topic 13
Foster globalization with New England & Eastern Canada: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Iraq wasn’t about UN permission-it wasn’t an imminent threat: Opposes topic 14
Iraq: Admit we humiliated our allies and get UN help: Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Realign defense funds away from Star Wars: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Redirect military spending rather than reduce defense budget: Opposes topic 15
Focus Pentagon budget on military personnel’s needs: Strongly Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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First Democrat to opt out of campaign finance system: Opposes topic 16
Opts out of campaign finance system: Opposes topic 16
Our campaign IS campaign finance reform: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Day 1: Visit international allies to undo damage: Strongly Favors topic 17
Repair relations with world by ending Bush arrogance: Strongly Favors topic 17
Restore US dignity in eyes of people around the world: Favors topic 17
Intertwine into alliances, to create international stability: Strongly Favors topic 17
Embrace nation-building over isolationism: Strongly Favors topic 17
Afghanistan requires more than military victory: Strongly Favors topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Global warming is most important enviro problem we face: Strongly Favors topic 18
Wind energy reduces global warming & reduces Saudi imports: Strongly Favors topic 18
Help developing countries reduce greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Our energy policy is one of our biggest security threats: Strongly Favors topic 18
No need to poison ourselves in order to have growth: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create Regional Emissions Registry for GHG trading: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Treat drug abuse as a medical problem, not a judicial one: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Evaluate marijuana & legalize for valid medical purposes: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Hammer the dealers; treat the casual users: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Rated C- by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise minimum wage to $7.00: Strongly Favors topic 20
End corporate welfare, close loopholes, pay fair share: Favors topic 20
Plan to increase corporate taxes: Favors topic 20
$100B Initiative to Strengthen America’s Cities: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rescind all of the Bush tax cuts, to balance budget: Favors topic 20
Better off with government services than with a $650 tax cut: Strongly Favors topic 20
Balance budget, even if unpopular: Opposes topic 20
Tell the truth on taxes: can’t afford tax cuts: Favors topic 20
Invest in small businesses & renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
It’s tax cuts OR jobs, healthcare, and education: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports living wage via subsidies for kids & housing: Strongly Favors topic 20
Stand up to Bush for a balanced budget: Favors topic 20
Repeal Bush’s tax cuts and invest in social programs: Strongly Favors topic 20

Howard Dean is a Hard-Core Liberal
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